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Dr. Ellen M. Umansky

Carl & Dorothy Bennett Chair in Judaic Studies & Professor of Religious Studies
eumansky@fairfield.edu
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 245
p: x2065

 

Jewish a cappella group, Six13, will remember slain journalist with concert

"This concert is an opportunity to remember Daniel Pearl, a music lover and violinist, who fostered understanding of different cultures through his work as a journalist," said Ellen M. Umansky, professor of religious studies. "At the same time, people will enjoy music from a unique group, which embraces a diverse array of musical styles" and languages - primarily Hebrew and English.

Published in Stamford Advocate, Connecticut Post, Danbury News Times, Greenwich Time on 10/20/11


Fairfield University community gathers in Sukkah

The Jewish festival of Sukkot - a fall harvest festival lasting eight days - began at sundown on Wednesday, October 12. KADIMA, Fairfield's undergraduate Jewish cultural club, in conjunction with the University's Judaic Studies Program and the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, will be setting up a sukkah (a specially constructed hut) in honor of this time. Dr. Ellen Umansky, director of the Bennett Center, was interviewed about the endeavor.

Appeared on News 12 on 10/13/11


An evening of pop-rock Jewish a cappella by Six13

"This concert is an opportunity to remember Daniel Pearl, a music lover and violinist who fostered understanding of different cultures through his work as a journalist," said Ellen M. Umansky, Ph.D., chair of the Bennett Center and professor of religious studies.

Published in the Connecticut Jewish Ledger on 10/11


Dr. Ellen Umansky interviewed about university's Holocaust Remembrance Service

Dr. Ellen Umansky, director of the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, spoke about the 2011 Fairfield University Holocaust Remembrance Program. It placed an overdue spotlight on a former Fairfield graduate student who doubled as a hero - the late Varian Fry. During World War II, Fry, called by many 'the Artists' Schindler,' had foiled the Nazis and rescued over 2,000 Jewish intellectuals, including artist Marc Chagall, writers Franz Werfel and Leon Feuchtwanger, philosopher Hannah Arrendt and physicist Dr. Otto Meyerhoff. Twenty years later, the Ridgefield, Connecticut resident came to Fairfield to study for a teaching degree at the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. 

Appeared on WLAD Radio during the week of April 18 & 25, 2011


A 'great sense of religious community'

Shortly after the sun set Friday, a diverse group of about 50 people gathered at Fairfield University for Kabbalat Shabbat, a Jewish worship service of prayer and song to welcome the Sabbath. It was the first time in the Catholic school's history that a Shabbat service was held on the campus. It was followed by a Shabbat dinner in which Judaic dietary laws were observed. Ellen Umansky, director of the university's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, said she has worked at the university almost two decades and the Shabbat service and dinner added significantly to the campus culture.

Published in Fairfield Citizen News on 2/11/11